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SWAT Team Raids Texas Organic Farm
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SWAT Team Raids Texas Organic Farm

A SWAT team broke through the gates of a small Arlington, Texas farm and led a massive 10-hour search of the property. The residents were handcuffed and held at gunpoint while they watched more than 10 tons of their property hauled off in trucks.What dangerous contraband required this massive governmental response? It wasn’t illegal explosives, stolen vehicles or drugs, but rather organic blackberry bushes, okra plants, and sunflowers.

08/19/2013
Top Ten Reasons to Reform Digital Privacy Rights
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Top Ten Reasons to Reform Digital Privacy Rights

Top Ten Reasons to Reform Digital Privacy Rights By Scott Alford

08/05/2013
Let My Appliance Go: Rethinking Government Efficiency Standards
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Let My Appliance Go: Rethinking Government Efficiency Standards

While Washington’s political elites use popular buzzwords like government “efficiency” standards, these are only an attempt to place a positive spin on expensive regulations. In their recent plan, the Obama White House proposed even higher efficiency standards. While increasing the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appliance efficiency standards sound promising, the policy is riddled with problems.

07/15/2013
Obama Renews Climate Change Fight, His EPA Wages War On State Sovereignty
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Obama Renews Climate Change Fight, His EPA Wages War On State Sovereignty

In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, President Obama laid out his case for immediate action on global warming climate change, announcing a broad new climate action plan.

06/27/2013
Why NSA’s “Metadata” Collection Should Disturb You
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Why NSA’s “Metadata” Collection Should Disturb You

There is much confusion about the NSA’s secret surveillance program Prism. It doesn’t record the content of all of our private phone and other digital communications. Rather, it stores so-called “metadata” about them for future reference, in perpetuity. By its own admission, the federal government is collecting massive amounts of ‘metadata’ on every single American. 

06/20/2013
An Inconvenient Tax: How Carbon Taxes Devastate Economies
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An Inconvenient Tax: How Carbon Taxes Devastate Economies

When the Federal Government desires less of something, they tax it. This is an effective solution to curbing behavior that the government has deemed unhealthy or undesirable. When the government wanted to reduce smoking, it placed high fees upon cigarettes as a deterrent.

06/19/2013
Coalition Urges Republicans to Oppose Carbon Tax
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Coalition Urges Republicans to Oppose Carbon Tax

The Obama Administration has given every indication that it will reignite the debate over the economically damaging carbon tax. This comes as no surprise. What should come as a surprise, however, is the willingness of some Republicans to be supportive of such a draconian tax. The conservative base must stand and let their voices be heard: No Carbon Tax.

06/13/2013
Unshackling Cellphones: Freeing Digital Consumers from Government Regulation
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Unshackling Cellphones: Freeing Digital Consumers from Government Regulation

Everyone should have the right to unlock their legally owned phones in the Digital–Age yet  government policy once again is unnecessarily limiting consumer choice. In 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which outlawed the sale or creation of software for circumventing anti-piracy locks on digital devices, even if they comply with copyright law.

06/10/2013
Oregon Land Use Law - 40 Years Of Failed Planning
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Oregon Land Use Law - 40 Years Of Failed Planning

On May 29, 1973, popular and iconic Republican Governor Tom McCall, famous for his environmental advocacy and anti-development rhetoric (“I urge them to come and come many, many times to enjoy the beauty of Oregon. But I also ask them, for heaven’s sake, don’t move here to live.”), signed into law Oregon's transformational land use legislation that made virtually every land use decision subject to review by state agencies.

06/05/2013
Yard Signs Encroaching on Your Property Rights
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Yard Signs Encroaching on Your Property Rights

The yearly and very American tradition of yard sales is under attack.  An article in the Potomac Local mentions a Virginia state law making it illegal to “place signs in the right-of-way of all public roads.

04/26/2013

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